President Rodrigo Duterte will be meeting with more than 200 members of the Filipino community in Myanmar during his 2-day visit.
Some of them took a 5-hour bus trip from Yangon to the capital of Nay Pyi Taw for a gathering that will take place at one of the villas at Horizon Lake View Hotel, where Duterte is expected to stay.
Olivia Ramos de Guzman, president of the Myanmar-based community Pilipinas.mm, said Filipinos are looking forward to be in the same room with the president.
“We were expecting that he’ll be in Yangon. But then, when we were told that it will be in Nay Pyi Taw and it will be like a 5-hour drive, but still . . . No, a lot of supporters. I think they will be . . . they’re like 250 people are going,” De Guzman said.
De Guzman recognized Duterte’s efforts in addressing one of the expats' concerns — security for their families in the Philippines.
“Actually being away for so long in our country and like, just spending two weeks at a time in the Philippines, it’s very difficult to say, like, this is actually really less than a year," De Guzman said.
“But hearing from our kababayans and our main concern really is that of our family, making sure that our families are in a safer environment . . . And I think he’s really trying his best to help us make this secure and hopefully in the future, like there will be more infrastructures that we don’t need to really be away from our family na.”
The official visit, which run Sunday and Monday, will coincide with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Myanmar bilateral relations.